The ELEMENT project webinars explore how tidal energy pioneers are solving some of this new sector’s most important challenges.

The webinars give you the chance to hear from Europe’s leading commercial developers working in tidal energy alongside academic researchers, project engineers, environmental and economic analysts. You can put your questions directly to them, live, online, from wherever you are in the world.

WEBINAR: Introducing ELEMENT –  Tidal energy and artificial intelligence

Where: Online


When: Thursday 15th October, from 2pm-3pm (GMT)

Leading experts from the ELEMENT project (Effective Lifetime Extension in the Marine Environment for Tidal Energy) will discuss their first 18 months of research and technology innovation to introduce artificial intelligence to tidal energy.

This €5 million project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will reduce the cost of tidal energy produced at Nova Innovation’s Shetland Tidal Array by an estimated 17 percent, bolstering the case for tidal energy as an important part of the world’s future energy mix.


Dr Hong Yue, Reader, Wind Energy and Control Centre, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Audrey Bowie, Project Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

John Walker, Project Engineer, Operational Performance Directorate, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

Colin Walker, Electrical Engineer, Nova Innovation


1. The H2020 project family in Shetland
Introducing the Shetland Tidal Array and research projects underway there

2. How ELEMENT fits in
Creating the world’s first intelligent tidal turbines – panellists discuss why the ELEMENT system is needed and the potential benefits

3. How will the ELEMENT system work?
Partners present their scope of work, results to date and upcoming milestones

4. Q&As (20 minutes)

Speaker Biographies

Audrey Bowie is a Senior Project Manager at ORE Catapult. She is a chartered mechanical engineer and has eight years’ experience in the renewables industry focused on delivering disruptive technology projects.  In her current role, she delivers cutting edge technology projects in partnership with a range of technology developers from SMEs to OEMs. Her projects deliver innovations which reduce operational costs and improve the safety of building and operating offshore wind farms.

Dr Hong Yue is a Reader at the Wind Energy and Control Centre (WECC), Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde. Her research interests are in modelling, control and optimisation of complex systems, with recent applications to renewable energy systems including hybrid offshore renewable energy, airborne wind energy, tidal energy and offshore wind farm systems.

Colin Walker has worked for Nova Innovation as an electrical engineer since 2016 and has a background in utility scale power generation as well as production engineering. He is responsible for the design of turbine electrical power and control hardware systems as well as managing multiple test and development phases of Nova Innovation’s direct drive turbine technology. Within the ELEMENT project, he is the technical lead on the system design work package and involved in the control system development throughout the testing phases.

John Walker is a Project Engineer at the ORE Catapult. He has over 10 years’ experience in both the aerospace and offshore renewables sectors, covering the design and analysis of gas turbines, experimental research into the impact of marine biofouling on tidal turbine hydrodynamic performance, and the testing and certification of novel wind turbine blades. He currently leads the technical delivery on a variety of projects to support and develop future offshore renewable technologies, including the Technical Lead role for the onshore testing work packages of the ELEMENT project.

WEBINAR: What will tidal energy do for us? Experts share experience from two trailblazing projects

Where: Online 

When: Tuesday 15th November, from 2pm-3pm (GMT)


Audrey Bowie, Project Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult
Nova Innovation – TBC
Herveline Gaborieau, Head of Development and Valorisation, France Énergies Marines
Annig Lehnertz, Business Analyst, IDETA


1. The Shetland Tidal Array

An introduction to the H2020 family of research and technology innovation projects underway at the Shetland site

2. Environmental impacts

The panel discuss how environmental monitoring is being conducted at the Array under the EnFAIT and ELEMENT projects

3. Socio-economic impacts

An evaluation of the social and economic impacts of the Array’s operation, both in Shetland and Scotland more widely

4. Prospects for tidal energy in France/Europe?

How the Shetland experience will be used to scope out future sites for tidal energy in Europe

5. Q&A